ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

The Boy Scouts have teamed up with the Allentown Rescue Mission to launch the 2012 Scouting for Food community food drive on Thursday.

Scouting For Food is the largest single-day food drive in the area and the Boy Scouts’ largest local service project.

The Rescue Mission is one of the recipients of the Scouts' food collection efforts. Food will also be donated to area food banks.

“The Allentown Rescue Mission depends on private support, not government grants, to run its programs and services that help homeless people in the Lehigh Valley,” said Gary Millspaugh, Allentown Rescue Mission Executive Director. “The support and hard work of our local Boy Scouts provides much-needed food for the clients we will serve this winter and beyond.”

WFMZ's own Kathy Craine hosted the kickoff event.

Last week, the Scouts distributed informational door hangers. This Saturday they'll go back to the homes to collect non-perishable food items.

If you didn't receive a door hanger, you can still make your donation at several drop-off locations through Sunday.